Posted by Sari
Combinig two of my interests - SF and Amercian politics - Kevin Drum of Washington Monthly talks about Kurtzweil and Singularity.
Combining two of my other interests - nuclear weapons and opera - here is John Adam's new opera, Doctor Atomic about Robert J Oppenheimer. The music sounds much like the only previous work of his I have heard, the ever controversial Death of Klinghoffer, but that is not a bad thing, Adams minimalism-derived style is quite accessible and engaging. Also, his intensly political choices of subject are interesting. (His first and perhaps most famous opera is Nixon in China). Link to Dr. Atomic via always excellent Fabula.
And a quick reading recommendation: Francis Spufford: Child that Books Built is engaging and interesting long essay on how reading molds us. There is much to argue for and some against, but what Spufford has to say should, I think, resonate with us all who grew up as readers in general and story-addicts in particular.